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Faun vs. fawn

A faun is a rural god taking the form of a man with goat ears, horns, tail, and legs. The word comes form Latin, and the word and the deity are thought to descend from the Greek Pan, also a goatlike half-human god. In early English use, the word was sometimes spelled fawn, but the modern spelling has been settled for many centuries.


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Fawn is the term for the young of several animal species, including deer. The word also works as a verb meaning to flatter or show obsequious attention (usually with over). Fawn, its two main senses having separate French and Latin origins, is etymologically unrelated to faun.

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